how to get a horse to move off your leg?

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    09-25-2013, 03:27 PM
how to get a horse to move off your leg?

Easy was a trail horse, and now I am training him for local jackpots. He will move off my leg in poles and barrels, but now I'm trying to get him to respond just walking and trotting, that sort of stuff. I tip his nose and put on my inside leg, and he just won't move. Maybe he doesn't know how to respond?
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    09-25-2013, 03:52 PM
He is not a machine that goes by pressing the gas pedal. He went "easy" for barrels and poles because he saw a purpose in those. He knew what it was all about and wanted to run becuase there is a goal and a purpose in the game and in the rider. Horses really pick up on that and will through their energy behind that.
If you are just riding him in the arena, he probably does not see any purpose to going around and around. Maybe one thing you could do is put some cones out and work at hurring down to them, around then and off to the next one, and make them farther and farther apart so that it become less of a shadow of barrels and more of just going forward in the arena, because the rider said so.

Also, you may have to be a bit more insistent than you are used to with barrels or poles, for the reasons stated above.
    09-25-2013, 06:39 PM
I will carry a whip or crop and tap right behind the leg that is applying pressure. If he responds and moves off the leg, great. If not, tap again a bit harder. Increase pressure as needed. With some horses that are sensitive or a little scared of the whip, you only have to lay it on the skin behind the leg. Make sure you see how he is with the whip in your hand before you even mount to see how he reacts.
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    10-03-2013, 03:19 PM
I'd do a lot more groundwork so he understands to move away from pressure. Start with round-pen or/and lounging for respect, work on separating the body parts, fore quarters-hindquarters. For me I notice when you get them side passing along a fence on the ground, they start to understand leg pressure/to come away from pressure a lot better. Basically set them up on the ground for what you would ask under saddle.
    10-03-2013, 03:23 PM
You are exactly right, he probably just doesn't know what you want.
The ground is a good place to start, as Michael suggested. I would then make sure that he knows how to move off your leg at a standstill before asking for it at the walk and trot. Start with moving his hips, then his shoulders, then doing a few steps of a sidepass. Next walk a circle, half halt, tip his nose in, put your inside leg back and see if you can get him to take a step out with his haunches. Keep building on this so he knows exactly what you want and how to move his feet to do it!
    10-03-2013, 08:40 PM
I too like to start this on the ground. I use my spur in hand or my thumb to apply the pressure. Once they have that I can then work it from the saddle.
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    10-04-2013, 01:34 AM
Another thing to keep in mind is not to overload/bore him. If he's really sensitive and you're constantly asking him to move "laterally" (sideways) - he's going to start getting frustrated - if he's dull and you constantly ask him to go laterally, he's just going to start ignoring you.

Work on him moving off your leg for short bouts, like a minute, minute and a half - then go work on something familiar (like just trotting), something that you know he knows how to do, then go back to working on moving off your leg, etc.
    10-04-2013, 11:38 AM
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